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Renovation: Finishing Details

Today, I’m sharing all the miscellaneous details and bonus photos of our property renovation on Keats Ave.

There is a bonus room located off the kitchen, that was historically an addition to the property. We found evidence of the addition in the augmented rooflines of the home. I think this room might function as a formal dining room, den, office, extra bedroom or nursery. I wanted to keep the space traditional, neutral, and versatile. For this reason, I chose the color, Silver Plate by Sherwin William, which allows the window trim to contrast beautifully against the walls and ceilings.

In the daylight, I enjoy the combined look of the chocolate malt hardwood floors with the painted gray walls and white trim. We reinstated transom windows above the exterior and interior doors of the property to keep classic details within the property.

We fixed up the stairs by painting the steps espresso and white. The original banister really matched the floors pretty well, so we just kept it the same, which was lucky because they can get pricey. I thought a sisal runner would add texture to the stairs and protect the paint for the time being.

Meanwhile, we painted the upstairs bedrooms in Whisper White by Dunn Edwards. We used nice 5″ architectural baseboards through all the bedrooms of the property. Our carpenter created custom door and window trims ranging from sophisticated to basic. In the bedrooms, we kept trims basic.

We saved money by using closet doors from Habitat for Humanity resale store and economical carpet from Home Depot.

The basic light fixtures and recessed lighting throughout the property are all about creating illumination. You can see how the white walls and open doorways really create an open feeling in the front living space.

Painting the gray door was a finishing touch to the property. I felt it added to the Scandinavian sensibility that I am really drawn to.

You can catch up on the rest, if you missed out on the bathroom and kitchen designs.

As for now, I’m staying busy!  Lulu’s bathroom demolition starts tomorrow and I will keep you looped in via Instagram.

 

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Renovation: Kitchen Inspiration

I hope you are enjoying this series of Renovation stories. Because something VERY special could be happening tomorrow on the home front, I have opted to share this Monday post one day in advance. While the landscapers are getting started working on the outside of the property. I would like to show you the Kitchen transformation from the inspiration to how it looks now.

I knew that for this house I wanted an open Scandinavian modern type of feeling. I felt that a future dweller might enjoy white cabinets, open shelving and warm wood countertops that accented the floors. I loved the kitchens by other designers below.

You may remember how the kitchen looked before drywall. I also wanted to preserve historic touches, where I could.

One thing that spurred me on from the kitchen before, was the overcrowding. There were just so many cabinets yet, all in good condition made from solid pecan wood. I liked the idea of reusing the cabinets and reconfiguring them in a better way. For this, I would need our carpenter to really help us make that work.

None of the countertops that could be salvaged because they were all mismatched pieces of stone, marble and plywood simply sitting on the cabinets unattached, in fact some of the cabinets were not attached to the walls!

The warm wood tops were a natural choice because of their color and affordability. The flooring is an engineered wood with a wide plank and a hand-scraped texture. I liked how the golden tones of the countertops matched the lighter gold streaks in the floors. You will see in a moment how well they match in the space. The floors actually look much lighter in daylight.

Below you can see a quick sketch by hand, where I rearranged about half of the existing cabinets to be installed by my carpenter.

I found many inspiration photos that I liked which mixed stainless steel appliances set against the white cabinets and warm wood. Since stainless appliances were more costly, we had considered simply sticking with an all white palette. To our fortune, we stumbled upon an appliance sale over Labor Day weekend, which allowed us to afford all stainless for the much the same cost. Cha-ching!

We used a farmhouse pendant as a focal point in the center of the room along with natural light and recessed lighting as a part of the total lighting solution.

The kitchen’s overall size has increased exponentially and we created cleaner, straighter lines when we moved the original bathroom to create the L-shaped kitchen.

Below is the first shot of the kitchen showing things really shaping up! Now it’s time to show off the final photos of the kitchen! I had asked my friend, Kristin Goose to take the final pro photos. She has a really good eye and I think that the final photos came out great!

At right, you will see the original transom window above the doorway, that we reinstated as you walk through to the den/dining space.

There is ample space to place a kitchen island or a dining table. I pictured a large driftwood finish farmhouse dining table with modern chairs in this space!

I have always wanted to have a Farmhouse sink! I guess I will have to live vicariously through this property for now.

One solution that we had to lighten up the upper shelving was to use glass and open shelving. To create this look we cut open the cabinet doors and inserted plexiglas panels. Then, our carpenter John, worked on the custom open shelving adding white shelf supports for installation.

After waiting so long to be able to share these, I hope you are enjoying these final pics. The kitchen was a labor of love. (I am still toying with the idea of a tile backsplash behind the sink at some point. I would love to hear your thoughts on the transformation:)

Next week, I hope to share a little surprise with you and with a little luck the bathroom renovation photos which are in the editing stage.

 

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Bayly Rental: Restoration Project

As many of you may remember, I have been working to update and restore a hundred year old property in Louisville, Kentucky. We had 10 days in March to make simple changes in order to increase the overall appeal of the rental space. Although, I have to point out, I’ve been reluctant to share due to grainy picture quality…I have to be grateful our handyman is even willing to take pics with his camera phone and send them to me!

In the living room, we decided to tear out the ol’ shaggy carpets and refinish the century old Oak hardwood floors. Carpet removal, (performed by yours truly;) was much easier than I expected it to be. Also changing the ceiling fan was an inexpensive way to enhance the overall look of the room. The old fan was low hanging and scary!

The sitting room which exists just beyond the French doors had an uneven subfloor that needed to be leveled and replaced. You can see below the mill work that we did to level things out before laying in plywood. The carpet tiles by Flor were scored from the Flor outlet, so we were able to save and we ordered a few extra so we can simply replace them as they become time worn!

In the master bedroom, we took the same strategy: 1. Replace fan 2. Paint all trim white. 3. Remove old carpets and refinish the floors.

Below, you can see the new closet doors and a glimpse of the hardwoods in English Chestnut, a medium brown stain with hints of red and golds.

The final tasks on the agenda involved us removing the hideous bathroom wallpaper….(if only I had a picture of this) and painting the kitchen backsplash in glossy gray.

Our intention is to paint the solid wood cabinets in Mourning Dove by Martha as shown below, but for now our new tenants are all moved in and super excited to have the new hardwoods, updates and plenty of space.

If you are curious, you can see how things looked the first time around. It feels good to be slowly inching forward on restoring this place. Moreover, I am thrilled to be back from my travels abroad…I have acquired so many excellent images of Indian homes, a Himalayan resort, and over the next few weeks, I will have plenty to share!

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